New Stress-centric Jobs Prone to Heart Attacks: Reiterates Study

Recent jobs, though in arm-chaired environment are indeed stress-filled and potentially increase the risk of heart attack and other heart ailments, said U.S. health officials and researchers at Harvard.

In a study conducted by researchers at Harvard, people with blue-collar jobs are 40 percent more likely to suffer from a heart attack or stroke than others due extreme stress in their jobs. Extreme stress at work is being cited as one of the reasons why people with blue-collar jobs suffer from heart ailments the most. “Workplace factors that increase risk include job stress, exposure to air pollution – like dust and secondhand smoke and noise,” said Dr. Sara Luckhaupt, lead researcher of the study at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Luckhaupt said blue-collar workers would benefit greatly from health programs that combine reducing occupational risk factors like job stress with health promotion activities like quitting smoking and take an exercise break daily from the work.

The Harvard at Harvard conducted the study on 568 married white men in the age group of 30 and 70, living in Dade and Broward counties in Florida, before they suffered and died from a fatal heart attack. They were compared with those living currently of the same age group and who lived in the same area.

Dr. Julie Buring, leader of the five-member Harvard medical team, said, “Blue-collar workers may be more likely to have diets high in saturated fats or cholesterol.” Another similar study published in the August 1 issue of “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report” gave information from the 2008-2012 in a National Health Interview Survey.

Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in the report: “Health professionals, employers and workers should take proactive steps to improve their heart health, implement and take advantage of comprehensive workplace wellness programs and better utilize effective interventions to prevent heart disease and stroke.”

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